Wraps Come Off VW’s 7th BEV ID. Model

Aerodynamics to improve range is the major story behind Volkswagen’s seventh BEV concept in its ID. family, the station wagon ID. Space Vizzion.

Unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the car looked very production-ready abd claims a 0.24 coefficient of drag thanks partly to the airflow qualities of its striking front grille. Apertures allow air to flow through a horizontal panel, between the headlights, and is then directed to the rear over the low-slung bonnet. There is also airflow into the outer areas of the front bumper, from where it is directed to the rear.

Once again, the automaker’s MEB electric powertrain platform is employed and the concept claims 82 kWh gross battery capacity and a range of 366 miles on the WLTP real-world rating. With a system output of up to 250 kW with all-wheel drive, the ID. Space Vizzion claims to be able to accelerate to 62mph in 5.4 seconds.

The car’s name suggests ample cabin capacity that the automaker says will rival that of an SUV. Use of sustainable interior materials includes VW’s new AppleSki – an artificial leather containing an amount of residual material from apple juice production.

For the first time, all relevant driving information is shown in an AR head-up-display. Instead of the classic cockpit, there is a mini display containing only basic driving information. All entertainment, comfort and online functions, as well as vehicle settings are grouped together on a 15.6-inch central touchscreen. The driver also receives key information intuitively from the ID. Light – an interactive light strip between the A-pillars.

VW says a production-ready car will be presented at the end of 2021 and launched in different variations in Europe, North America and China.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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